What Are the Most Important POC Tests for Employees?
What Are POC tests?
POC tests, or point of care tests, are medical tests performed in a wide variety of locations. It used to be that POC tests were only performed in the laboratory, but with modern technology, that is no longer the case. Point of care tests often provide immediate results to the patient. This allows patients to be seen by the medical professional and get feedback within minutes or hours. These tests can be done in a mobile health clinic, pharmacy, ambulance, office, or even your own home.
On-site clinics are becoming increasingly popular among larger companies. This is a medical office or clinic at or near the workplace. Employers that provide on-site clinics to employees allow for POC tests to be completed at work. This is convenient for both the employer and the employee. The employee does not have to miss work or make up time to have a test performed. He or she can simply visit the on-site clinic and return to work. Often, it is the case that he or she can also bring family members in to be checked at the on-site clinic as long as they are covered under the insurance. As for the employer, they save time and money as their valuable employee doesn’t have to miss work for hours to drive somewhere and get a test completed.
The most important POC tests for employees include, but are not limited to, the following: hemoglobin, glucose, and strep tests.
Hemoglobin is often checked as a part of a general health screen. Medical professionals evaluate the
hemoglobin content of your blood to check for anemia or polycythemia – both serious conditions that affect red blood cells. Anemia occurs when someone has low hemoglobin and polycythemia occurs when someone has high hemoglobin. People with anemia or polycythemia often report weakness, fatigue, dizziness, or headaches as symptoms. POC testing of hemoglobin can be completed by simply drawing blood from your arm or having your finger pricked.
Healthcare consultants check glucose in patients to make sure the blood glucose level is within a healthy range. This allows us to screen for diabetes, prediabetes, hyperglycemia (high blood glucose), and hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). Glucose levels are measured in pregnant women to diagnose gestational diabetes. Glucose can be measured from a drop of blood or even a urine analysis, depending on the type of test. Diabetes is a serious medical issue that should be monitored on a regular basis.
Glucose meters can be used in healthcare facilities as well as at home.
Strep Throat Tests
Strep throat is a contagious bacteria that can easily be caught by coming in close contact with others. It is very common among kids aged 5-15, however, adults can get strep throat as well. Symptoms include a sore, reddened throat and high fever. Tests can be done by rubbing a swab against the back of one’s throat. This is also known as a rapid strep test.
Be sure to participate in health and wellness programs or health fairs to learn more about POC tests, or contact Hanson Medical today.